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   Re: file: URIs and MS Windows

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  • From: tpassin@home.com
  • To: <xml-dev@XML.ORG>
  • Date: Wed, 3 May 2000 09:03:52 -0400

Toby Speight wrote:
> (Is ":" allowed in the <path> part, anyway?  AIUI, it's a reserved
> character not being used for its reserved purpose, and therefore must
> be escaped.  The pipe symbol being one (non-standard) way of escaping
> it).
Actually, RFC1738 specifically mentions the pipe symbol ("|") as being
unsafe and says it therefore should be encoded!  The colon is not included
in a list of such characters.  2396 also says that use of the pipe symbol is
"unwise" (page 10). 1738 and 2396 also specifically allow colons in the path

So why do the main browsers want to replace the colon by the pipe???

Tom Passin

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